Great Northern Divers, Gavia immer
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Up to three of these large Divers have been feeding in Newlyn Harbour since Christmas. They appear to be feeding mostly on crabs in the narrow channel away from the moored up Newlyn fishing fleet on the Western side of … Read More

Oystecatchers at Sennen Cove
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Gales have hit Cornwall in recent days and created some big seas. At Sennen these Oystercatchers were continually being disturbed by breaking swells hitting their normally safe high tide resting place. In calmer weather the beach in Sennen Cove is … Read More

Black-necked Grebe – Podiceps nigricollis
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Black-necked Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis – Newlyn Harbour has been the place to be over the last couple of weeks. Two Black-necked Grebe and several Great Northern Divers have been feeding in the sheltered waters. The Black-necked Grebe seemed to be … Read More

Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra) also known as Black Scoter
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This female Common Scoter has spent several days feeding in the sea around Pendennis Point, Falmouth. It’s normally difficult even getting close to these diving ducks from a boat, so when this female Common Scoter came within ten metres of … Read More

Coot with abnormal head profile
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This Coot really stopped me in my tracks. First, it was on the sea at Swanpool in Falmouth, Cornwall and I couldn’t recall ever seeing coots on salt water before. Secondly, even from a distance it appeared to have a … Read More

Waxwing invasion into the UK
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Thousands of Waxwing are now in the country and have reached the far south west of Cornwall. These were in Falmouth and part of a small flock of seven feeding on the berries of a small Cotoneaster bush in Marlborough … Read More

First Winter Male Long-tailed Duck
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The arrival of a first winter male Long-tailed Duck at Gwithian Local Nature Reserve has provided an exceptional opportunity for Cornish birders to photograph and compare this bird with the adult male Long-tailed Duck still only a few miles away … Read More

Long-tailed Duck at Carnsew Basin on the Hayle Estuary
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These attractive ducks are rare passage migrants and rare winter visitors to Cornwall. So this one turning up last week at Carnsew Basin or Pool on the Hayle Estuary was a real bonus, particularly as it was a well marked … Read More

Australian Birds: the Brolga
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I received this image of Brolgas from friends living in Katherine, in the Northern Territory of Australia. That’s into Crocodile Dundee territory, where the seasonal flooding can bring salt water crocodiles up the high street! They visited us this year … Read More

Waxwing influx reaches the far south west of the British Isles
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Slightly over-stated, perhaps, but the arrival of two of these stunning birds in the far south west of Cornwall is certainly newsworthy. They turned up in Mylor churchyard and for several days now have been gorging themselves on Yew tree … Read More

Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva)
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This tiny flycatcher of between 11 and 12cms in length has been present in the Kenidjack valley, on the Cornish Atlantic coast near Land’s End, for several days now. When we were there it was feeding on insects in a … Read More

Yellow-browed Warbler in Cornwall
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Yet another large influx of these little warblers seems to be happening again this winter here in the far south west of Cornwall. This one was seen in Falmouth, in the trees around Pendennis Castle, while another was simultaneously being … Read More

Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)
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This first winter bird has been present on the path leading down to Housel Bay on the Lizard in Cornwall for the last couple of weeks. In typical Red-backed Shrike behaviour it has been perching on the top of hedges … Read More

Buff-breasted Sandpiper on Marazion beach, Cornwall
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Great close-ups were had of this North American Buff-breasted Sandpiper on Marazion beach in Cornwall at the weekend. This adult bird was happy to feed amongst the seaweed only a few metres away from several crouched bird photographers. It probably … Read More

North American Florida Scrub-jay
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A recent BBC nature bird article, reporting the results of a Californian study into the behaviour of Western Scrub-jays, reminded me of my own fabulous experience some years ago with their close relative the Florida Scrub-jay. The study found that … Read More

What’s the commonest British bird of prey?
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In terms of distribution then the Kestrel is the commonest raptor found in the UK. It is an extremely adaptable bird that is equally at home in both urban and rural habitats. Small mammals such as voles, mice and shrews … Read More

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